|The U.S. Pentagon
recently released a 150-page Top Secret document called the National
Military Strategic Plan for the War on Terrorism. In it are
three stages designed to abolish Terrorism over the next 20-30 years.
But the plan is flawed. It seeks to cut off the head of
Terrorism and leave its body and tail to regenerate. There
is a Strategic Plan for controlling and containing Terrorism----The
Global Vigilance Strategic Plan. Find out how it can work for you
today, and your Children's Children's Children tomorrow.
17, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 492
U.S. Terrorism Strategic Plan Falls Short Of Vigilance Goal
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City, Jan. 17- The
Pentagon has just received a 150--page classified document called the
National Military Strategic Plan for the War on Terrorism.
A senior defense official told the New York Times today the document presents a 20-30-year three-tiered strategy aimed to build an
antiterrorist global environment "so that in 20 to 30 years, terrorism
will be like slave-trading, completely abolished."
Approved by top military officers,
the plan is being kept Top Secret. Unnamed officials would only
offer sweeping comments about the plan, according to an article today
(Jan. 17) in the New York Times. The Times reported
the plan has three tiers, each designed to address the military's role
in a long-range war on Terrorism.
The first stage is to attack
the most immediate threat, Al Qaeda. The anonymous
Administration official told the Times that "the overall
campaign against terrorism is to drain the pool. How do you do
that on a global basis? You pick your fights. You go after
the most dangerous threats firs, Al Qaeda. You deny them safe
The second stage, the official
stated, involves organizing for a sustained campaign against terror,
including putting pressure on countries that support terrorist
activities. "You don't attack everyone at once," the
spokesperson said, "and you don't necessarily use military force in
Stage three involves building a
long-term, anti-terroristic global environment to discredit terrorism
worldwide. The Times reporter assumed this to mean
combating propaganda of terrorist groups and their supporters, as well
as addressing the economic or political conditions that foster
My first reaction to the report was
incredulity. The premise of the strategy was in error, I
thought, because the opening statement was emphatic that the
endpoint of the long-range goal was to erase Terrorism.
"Terrorism will be like slave trading, completely abolished," the
Anti-Terror briefing by the State Department
The last I heard, slavery is still alive
and well. Yesterday, I read about how Italians book
vacations to certain underdeveloped nations where young girls and
boys, as young as 3, are included in the package, offered as sex
slaves. In America, illegal immigrants often are housed in
cramped quarters and worked as "slaves" in illegal sweatshops.
Walt Disney and Wal-Mart are constantly under attack for having
products made in countries where young children and women employees
are treated as "slaves" in manufacturing plants that pay pennies a day
and have horrid conditions not unlike prisons.
The hubris of the statement--"Terrorism
will be like slave trading, completely abolished"--shocked me..
The belief that we can obliterate Terrorism is similar to saying we
can change human nature or erase history. Terrorism--the
injection of Fear, Intimidation and Complacency--is a disease spread
by those who wish to dominate others with power. It has always
existed and always will exist.
Terrorism can ring in a parent's Voice as
his or her child cowers, wondering whether the loud Voice will be
followed with a slap or even a kick. An employee worrying
about keeping his or her job can kowtow to a mean-spirited boss who
rules as a tyrant, holding the power of a paycheck over everyone's
head as an oar master might on an ancient slave ship, using the whip
of his tongue and the beat of the desire for maximum output with
minimal pay as his oar drum.
The husband or wife who threatens his or
in front of the children, or the couple who calls each other names, or
shouts at a child: "I wish I never had you!"--all enslave those
around them with Fear, Intimidation and Complacency. Will the
War on Terrorism strike these Terrorists down?
And then there is the ultimate
temerity of the statement--that implication that once abolished,
Terrorism will disappear forever, that it will be expunged as a tool
of dominance over others, or as a means to exercise power over the
seemingly powerful. (Ala, the Terrorist attack on the World Trade
Center and Pentagon, an act of a small number against a giant icon
that changed the course of history.)
Phoenix of Peace rise out of bloodshed?
This "eraser implication" presumes
that once we kill Osama and Saddam, once we quash the Tigers in Sri
Lanka or help the Russians in their Chechnya war on Terrorism wipe out
all the opposition, and then when we pin China to the mat and trounce
Kim Jong Il in North Korea to submission, and after we've fireballed
all the Terrorists in Africa, that after all that bloodshed, bombs and
bullets will rise the Phoenix of Peace, washed clean of Terrorism's
I don't think so.
History tells me that the Beast of
Terror may be suppressed but never obliterated. He may be
corralled and leashed, but he will break free. Even under
the most severe attack, if even one cell of his massive body is left
with its DNA intact, the Beast of Terror will morph again in another
time and in another place; it will rise up out of the primordial
pool of human Complacency and strike again, and again and again at our
Children and our Children's Children who, assuming the Beast has been
castrated, find him as virile as ever..
History also tells me there is always
another Hitler breeding in the wings, another Saddam, another Osama
bin Laden, another Charles Whitman, another Lee Malvo, another angry
parent who will shove lighted cigarettes into a child's skin to exact
punishment or exert power, another sex slave trader who will kidnap
and abuse the young, another mother who will drive her children into a
lake and drown them. No, Terrorism will not be abolished.
For the above reasons I spat out my
ingestion of the National Military Strategic Plan for the War on
Terrorism. It soured in my mouth.
That's not to say I don't agree with its
context or its intent.
Yes, if a fire is raging next door,
we shouldn't rush in with fire prevention pamphlets and start
instructing the occupants how to avoid a fire. It's a little late for
Instead, we call the Rescue Heroes and have
Billy Blazes and Wendy Waters shoot water on the flames and douse the
fire that threatens lives. We act with immediacy to save those
in peril, and to ward off the danger to neighbors.
I have no qualms about shooting a Terrorist
about to push a plunger on a suicide bomb strapped to his or her chest
standing in the middle of a crowded schoolyard or in the
confines of a shopping mall or jammed in a crowded bus.
Those are primal knee-jerk reactions that don't take a lot of
analysis. Survival and security are not up for discussion
when one is looking down the barrel of a loaded weapon with its hammer
Attacking and destroying, or rendering inert, any
known "clear and present danger" is a simple matter of seeing
the barrel of the gun. There is urgency to act also when we
uncover a brewing plot or conspiracy designed to harm the innocent.
We must be Vigilant not Complacent about Terrorism. We must keep
our hands on the hilt of our Swords of Vigilance at all times, always
wary of the Beast of Terror's desire to lull us to sleep as Hermes did
Argus with his hundred eyes. Reacting to impending threats
is the easy part.
Complacent Argus to sleep and killed him
Now comes the tricky part. Stage two:
putting pressure on countries that support Terrorist
activities. The clear lines start to fuzz here.
Who decides what degrees of "support" indicate a "Terrorist-supportive
nation?" Does it extend to Germany's manufacturing plants that
tool equipment be used in building weapons?
How about wheat farmers who sell
foodstuffs to nations known to support Terrorists so that the
Terrorists might eat and nourish themselves?
And, at what point is a Terrorist a Terrorist or
a rebel? In Sri Lanka, are the Tigers Terrorists or rebels
fighting for independence? Who decides where the line is
Finally, the ultimate gray of the strategy:
to build a long-term, anti-terroristic global environment to
discredit terrorism worldwide.
This one took me for a loop. I thought
Terrorism was already discredited. Even in history, back
thousands of years when the enemy poisoned wells and killed innocent
people to drive villagers to their knees, no one agreed with such
waste of human life then. And they don't now. Why would we
have to discredit that which is already discredited?
Discrediting Terrorism makes a lofty
assumption that society somehow endorses it. Society--the
average, common folk who try and eke out a living while warring
factions rape, pillage and plunder the soil around them--has never
condoned or embraced Terrorism. If society had embraced it, we
would all be living under its shadow. But Terrorism is a
small faction of a large whole. Its power is exponential
to the Fear, Intimidation and Complacency it creates. When the
Terrorist plane struck the World Trade Center and killed less than
3,000 people, 285 million people shuddered and began to sweat.
I assume the spokesman who made that
last statement regarding "discrediting Terrorism" was suggesting we
convert the concept of "jihad" into "Terrorism," that we try to
convince those who act in what they believe is a "holy war" against
the "infidels" that they are just raw Terrorists, murderers masked as
religious zealots. I extend that meaning to include cult
leaders like Jim Jones who convinced over 900 of his followers to
drink grape-flavored Fla-Vor-Aid laced with potassium cyanide and
tranquilizers as a sign of their loyalty to him and the People's
Where will the
line be drawn on Terrorism?
I wonder where the line in the sand will be drawn
on Terrorism. Will it include those who Terrorize all, or just a
political few? Will we reach down to the grass roots with
the War on Terrorism and yank them out, or just scythe the obvious
weeds on the surface, leaving the roots to grow again?
It was chilling for me to notice the
absence of the word "Vigilance" both in the comments by the defense
spokesman, and by New York Times author, Eric Schmitt in his
expository. Also, clearly absent was the definition of a
Terrorist, or a Terror Nation, or a Terror-Supportive Nation.
To me, the first requirement in a
Strategic Anti-Terrorism Plan is to define the terms. This also
applies to reporters who record comments on Terrorism. What does
that word mean to whomever is speaking, or being interviewed.
Terrorism is a huge word encompassing vast degrees on the moral
A Terrorist in my line of work is
"any person who uses Fear, Intimidation or Complacency to achieve
power over others."
If that were the definition used by
the defense spokesman, the U.S. Government would have to be placed on
the Terror Nation list, along with all other nations. So would
most newspapers and media outlets.
Governments rule by Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency. They always have and always
will, whether Democratic or Tyrannical. Daily, we are told many
things about Terrorism and the battle our government is waging against
it. We pump billions of dollars against the War on Terrorism.
Yet there has been not one attack on our nation except that of
September 11, 2001. Virtually billions of dollars are
being spent, and the government is massing hundreds of thousands of
fighting men and women to wage war on Saddam Hussein who was not a
direct part--at least evidentiary so--to the Nine Eleven Terrorist
America is being told, however, that
it is our duty and responsibility to hunt down Terrorism throughout
the globe, and that we will use "force" against any nation that
The government is riding the fumes of
Nine Eleven, shifting from the clear and present danger of immediate
attack, to the preventative preemptive attack mode. Daily,
we must cast the comments of U.N. weapons inspectors who allege to
find no smoking guns in Iraq against U.S. rhetoric that Saddam
is gearing up to launch a full nuclear and biological threat upon
us (at some time in the future)--even though he hasn't the capacity to
yet do so, but, the argument goes, left unchecked, he will.
At the same time, North Korea sticks a gun
in our back and uses the tips of nuclear missiles it is manufacturing
to extort concessions, including a non-aggression pact the Koreans
want that will deter the U.S. from using force against them.
Plus, of course, they want billions of dollars in aid.
In addition, North Korea is using Terrorism to
get its name off the "terror nation" list. North Korea is
using Fear, Intimidation and our Complacency to deal with them on an
"evil axis" level playing field, to bargain for more power.
Strategically, the U.S. is in a box.
No matter how it plans to cut off the heads of the Terrorism Hydra, it
neither has the weapons nor manpower to achieve such a goal on its
own. America, comprising six percent of the world's population,
is saying it will police 94 percent of the globe, when, in the midst
of its lofty global goals, U.S. forces couldn't find two snipers who
went on a rampage and killed more than a dozen people until a truck
driver spotted the sniper's car and called police. Our ineptness
at home suggests a more critical ineptness on a global basis. I
believe it is called the Lippman Gap, where our commitments exceed our
There is a solution.
The solution is to declare a State of
If the War on Terrorism has any chance of
being won, it will be won in the homes of the 6 billion citizens who
comprise the Targets of Terrorism.. It won't be won in
Washington, or Beijing, or Moscow, London, Paris, or Baghdad, where
politicians make policy adapt to the whims of tertiary leadership.
The War on Terrorism begins with how a parent
treats a child, how a child treats other children, and how society
itself treats children's security.
This leads to the one really solid
part of the proposed military Strategic Plan-- its length. The
plan stretched out one generation, nearly 30 years. It
extended to the children, but stopped short of the children's
children's children, which would have taken it to nearly 100 years.
A Global Vigilance Strategic Plan
would put the need for Vigilance far into the future, but not so far
we couldn't reach it with our fingertips. It would call upon
each Parent of Vigilance to act in behalf of the Children's Children's
Children--today's children, tomorrow's children, and tomorrow's
children's children. It would put the faces of our great
grandchildren within sight.
By extending the generational lineage of today's
children to our great grandchildren, we drop the barriers of race and
culture, of religion and politics in making decisions that benefit
their future. When all children, not just our own, or our
neighbors, are included in the equation of Vigilance, we now have a
true basis for a global strategy. Such a strategy can now be
embraced by all nations' parents, by all mothers and fathers, because
it goes far enough beyond the immediate prejudices and bigotries of
existing cultural, religious, racial and economic walls. It
suggests that one day the world can indeed become truly integrated,
can become a potpourri of racial and cultural mixes such that those
Six Degrees of Separation would not be so obvious, and differences
would blend from hatred and angst to legends and legacies.
blends the people of the world
A second point on extending the
length of the strategy--by thrusting the Strategic Goal to the benefit
of the Children's Children, rash decisions about the needs of the
present, and, Complacencies for acting now to avoid future dangers,
would balance themselves. If removing Saddam Hussein is
the right thing for the Children's Children's Children, then who will
replace Saddam becomes of equal importance as his removal.
To change one despot for another is just reshuffling an old deck.
This same formula applies to North
Korea. The question with North Korea is: who appears a far more
formidable threat to the safety of the Children's Children's
Children--Kim or Hussein? Decisions made under the
mantle of the Children's Children's Children win rather than alienate
world support. They shift from being political decisions
into being "caretaker" decisions, "guardian" decisions, Sentinel of
Vigilance decisions. It is hard to refute a
U.S.-stance based on the protection of the Children's Children's
Children of all nations. It is easy to turn one's back on a
decision the U.S. is making to protect its own children at the expense
of the rest of the world's.
A good strategy, like a good
opening in a chess game--it must seek the greatest benefit of the
land. If by conquering the "enemy" the land is richer,
more fertile and yields more crops, then such a conquest was right.
But, if the land is simply stripped and used until it expires, with
little regard to its value to future generations, then such a decision
is selfish, self-centered. The world sees through such
diaphanous thinking. Currently, much of the critical world
sees our action in Iraq as a tool to capture and manage oil reserves
to keep Americans warm and its engines of commerce churning.
This myopic thinking is broadened by changing the end point--where oil
becomes a secondary goal and the future of the children of Iraq and
the rest of the world the primary objective.
The next step in building a Vigilance
Strategy For The War On Terrorism requires Action. Instead of
sending in military forces to raze the land, we need to send Vigilance
Delegates to each nation to sign up citizens of that nation as Parents
of Vigilance. We don't just approach Iraq, we go to all
nations, large and small.
Providing each nation with a Pledge
of Vigilance in its own language, geared to its children, offers every
nation the opportunity to rally behind a common goal that not even a
dictator or despot in control could deny.
Recalcitrant nations refusing to allow "Vigilance Inspectors" to set
foot in their countries would be bombed--not with weapons of
destruction--with Pledges of Vigilance dropped from planes, and other
Vigilance Tools to help their citizens join the Global Vigilance
Corps--a worldwide organization dedicated to applying the Principles
of Vigilance to the Children, and the Children's Children's Children
at the grass roots. It only requires the citizen to agree
to fight Terrorism's Fear with Courage, its Intimidation with
Conviction, and its Complacency with Right Actions--all geared to the
Children's Children's Children.
We must not
allow Fear to seed
Part and parcel of the
Vigilance Strategy is facing our Beast of Terror. To become a
Parent or Citizen of Vigilance, we must understand and accept that
Fear, Intimidation and Complacency are part of our human nature.
We must expose it for what it is and be prepared to counter it when it
tries to take control of our thoughts our actions.
Once exposed, the Beast of Terror has
few, if any, hiding places. The Triad of Terrorism--Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency--cannot be abolished. They are as
integral to our nature as their Vigilant opposites-- the Trinity of Courage,
Conviction and Right Actions. Fear fuels Courage.
Intimidation kick starts Conviction. Complacency drives one out
of his or her chair into Right Actions.
Properly balanced, Terrorism's Triads
are a powerful asset to human evolution. The Terror of
going hungry drives science to seek ways to feed more people more
efficiently. Intimidation of knowledge or prestige moves
people to seek education and status. Complacency over the ways
"things are" forces the common into the uncommon, the average into the
exceptional and sets new standards for which all can aspire.
The dark side of Terrorism consumes
us when we do not balance it with Vigilance. When we let
Fear roam without building the muscles of our Courage to face it, it
dominates us. The same is true with Intimidation and
Complacency, each requiring a counter action of effort to replace the
negative with the positive, the strong with the weak. And, to
insure the Trinity of Vigilance--Courage, Conviction and Right Actions
are at least One Percent greater than the Triads of Terrorism--Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency.
But Vigilance doesn't come without effort.
It is far easier to hate someone than to love them. Love
requires putting aside the things you dislike about someone or
something, and finding at least One Percent more reasons why you
should be attracted to, and support the other person or thing you
strive to love.
The Beast of
Terror's closed mind wallows in the cave of darkness
Hate is lazy. It requires one narrow
thought--"I don't like you." Hate denies access to any
good or positive that might exist in the other person or thing.
It bores a single hole, justifying itself over and over with the same
tired information, never seeking to diffuse itself with the light of
other viewpoints. The closed mind refuses light. It
wallows in the darkness where the Beast of Terror feels most
comfortable. It savors the dank darkness of human bigotry
and prejudice, and breeds in human righteousness and hubris whose
selfishness forms cataracts on the Children, and their Children's
That's why the Vigilance Formula:
C-F + C-I + A-C = V!
is the single best weapon to fight Terrorism not only on the home front,
but globally. If each citizen in the world learns to stop
and think through his or her beliefs and feelings under the guidelines
of the Vigilance Formula, the end result benefits the Children's
Children's Children. It limits the sating of the present.
Such decisions tend to be selfless rather than selfish, generational
rather than political, and expanding rather than contracting.
The final stage of the Vigilance
Strategic Plan is really the first stage of the military plan.
The Pentagon's approach to stage three is "to build a long-term,
anti-terroristic global environment to discredit terrorism worldwide."
With the exception of the phrase,
"discredit terrorism," this stage is on target.
employing Right Actions protect the Children
A wise nation can overnight become a
Nation of Vigilance. Vigilance can be a short-term goal. Leaders
can agree to embrace the Pledge of Vigilance as a tool to form Right
Actions in behalf of the Children's Children's Children as part of its
Constitutional structure. Or, they can take billions of dollars
earmarked for "war" and apply them to "selling the concept" to the
citizens. By legislation or by commercialization,
Vigilance can sweep nations into a state where Terrorism can find few
cracks to wriggle through.
Legislation is not beyond
possibility. Each day, hundreds of laws are proposed
worldwide, and multitudes effected into the lives of the citizens of
every nation. One such law can be the Law of Vigilance,
requiring all new parents to sign a Pledge of Vigilance as part of the
marriage licensing process. Marriage is sanctioned in most
all countries by the state for legal reasons, primarily property and
ownership. A child born within a nation or state becomes a
citizen of the state under current law. Citizenship is a
franchise, granted to those born on that nation's soil.
The citizen has certain duties and obligations to the state, and the
state to the citizen.
One of the state's fiduciary duties
as the franchisor is to protect that child in the absence of parental
responsibility. Part of parental duty to the state includes
shaping the child to be part of society. Liability for a child's
actions returns to the parents until the child is of legal age.
The relationship is symbiotic. The state--the composition of all
citizens--expects parents to raise a child in accordance with moral
laws the society embraces.
For example, it is a legislated
crime in most developed nations to abuse a child, and, a moral crime
in others. Child abuse can be extended beyond mere
physical abuse. It can include Emotional Abuse, which
incorporates not training a child to use Tools of Vigilance to compete
in a world full of Beasts of Terror--Fear, Intimidation and
Complacency. Children who grow up emotionally weak,
psychologically vulnerable, become a burden to society. It is
not their fault, but the flaw lies with the parents who were
Complacent in the child's upbringing.
the Tools of Vigilance to ward off the Beast of Terror
Requiring newly married couples, and
couples seeking to have children, to sign and document a Pledge of
Vigilance is nothing more than assuring the state that the parents
know and are responsible to the duty of protecting the child from
Internal as well as External Terrorism.
Teaching a child hate, bigotry, prejudice
destroys a nation's foundations. It breeds cancer in its
citizens, and urges the Beast of Terror to rise from its quagmire and
take shape and power in the child's mind and subsequent actions.
Terrorists are bred at home, they are fed
Fear, Intimidation and Complacency. Their adult form
is nothing more than extension of how they were trained to think when
they developed as youths..
While most nations might argue such a law
as onerous and doctorial, such nations need only look at the thousands
of laws on the books that penalize "bad behavior." If a
law is but a moral guideline for the ability of citizens to live and
work harmoniously, the Vigilance Law would be no less common than one
that required a driver to take a driver's test to be licensed, or a
doctor to take a medical examination, or a teacher to take a course to
teach. Parents should be licensed, but only from the
most positive framework.
Child ready to
battle the Beast of Terror
must know the Duty of Vigilance is not an infringement on
individuality, but an extension of it. If all
children were raised under the Pledge of Vigilance, and the
tools they learned were to the benefit of the Children's Children's
Children, fewer Terrorists would appear. When we arm
children with the Sword and Shield of Vigilance, they are
ready to do battle with Terrorism's Beast. Then we have
a true strategy that can fight and win the War on Terrorism.
Are these lofty
But they are not as lofty as the U.S. Strategy of trying to
abolish Terrorism in the next generation.
We don't have to
wait that long. We can start today.
Take the Pledge
of Vigilance. And, pass it on.
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